Modest Mouse Returns to No. 1 on Alternative Songs After More Than a Decade

Ben Moon
Modest Mouse photographed in 2015.

Modest Mouse's "Lampshades on Fire" rises 2-1 on Alternative Songs chart dated March 28, giving the rock band its second No. 1 -- and first since "Float On" topped the list for one week on July 31, 2004. The track rises to the top despite a decline in plays at the format (it's down less than 1 percent in spins in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music).

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That distance of 10 years, seven months and 29 days is the second-longest gap between an act's first two No. 1s on the Alternative Songs chart, following only Beck. He waited 11 years and 29 days between "Loser" (which wrapped a five week run at No. 1 on March 5, 1994) and one week at No. 1 for "E-Pro" on April 2, 2005.

"Lampshades on Fire" -- the lead single from its sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves -- also climbs 15-12 on Hot Rock Songs and slips 2-1 on Adult Alternative Songs after a four-week rule at No. 1. (Death Cab for Cutie's "Black Sun" takes over the top slot -- the group's fourth leader.)

Strangers to Ourselves is poised for a handsome debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The band's last studio release, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


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